Northshore Trail

4.64 out of 5
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↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The most well-known and most used trail in the entire metroplex. This is an old motorcross trail that was first used to cycle on by Tom Deans, a long-time DORBA trail steward. The trail is ONE WAY now, going counter clockwise. This trail runs between Rockledge Park and then west, past Twin Coves Park on the north shoreline of Lake Grapevine. Total of 22.5 glorious miles of multi-terrain, multi-skill-level trail. The East side loops 1-4 (east from MADD Shelter) are good for intermediate riders while the West side loops 5-7 (west from MADD Shelter) are considerably more technical. There are several "rock gardens" on this side, very technical to ride through. Watch out for hikers and other bikers speeding around bends. An average of 800 bikers visit per week, so be extra careful!!

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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Hi. I went to North Shore Trail, but in the door indicated pesona me it's just a park to walk -Guest

A: There are great shared hiking and biking trails.

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Reviews (33)

Granny Gear

May 6, 2019
Josephpato Granny Gear  
Review: Closed as of May 6, 2019

Granny Gear

March 1, 2019
Review: The west side of North Shore is technical. Lots of rocky sections that will test your handling abilities.

Bunny Hop

October 24, 2018
Review: Amazing trail. Best in the DFW Metroplex. Something for everyone. Be sure to go to the far north part of the trail for an intense workout. There is an xterra race that uses that route.

Granny Gear

August 6, 2018
Review: Great trail. In dallas for vacation and hit this trail today. 13 miles round trip with some good drops and climbs here and there. Awesome signs and well maintained


April 30, 2018
SlowMitch Trailblazer  
Review: It's easy to see why so many people like this trail. There is something for everyone in this massive DFW trail. If you're on the east side of the trail, expect fun flowy singletrack. Terrain is mostly loose over hardpack with the occasional rocky sections and the trail is very well thought out and takes advantage of the elevation changes perfectly. Climbs are mostly short and manageable, with a few seriously gnarly scattered about. Nearly every climb is followed by a fun descent, and what's really amazing is how fast you can go (and for how long), considering this is fairly flat terrain surrounded by houses. There are a handful of jumps, drops, and rock covered technical climbs scattered throughout, and its well marked and VERY easy to navigate. If you take the West side, you're in for a much more challenging and "Rocky" experience. The elevation changes aren't all that different from the east side, but there are LOTS of rock gardens with BIG rocks, perfect for catching your pedal or derailleur on, and usually there are only one or two very technical paths through. If you're visiting DFW This should be the first trail you ride. It has multiple trailheads, but the best one to start from is probably the MADD shelter in Murrell Park. (Note: Northshore trail and "Grapevine lake" trail are all really the same trail, which is Northshore. And although it says that the trail is 19 miles its really closer to 22)

Similar Trail: Cedar Hill State Park


March 12, 2018
HoneyHam Trailblazer  
Review: DFW trail FTW

Granny Gear

January 28, 2018
Review: Good diversity for intermediate trails, very crowded.


January 5, 2018
HoneyHam Trailblazer  
Review: great trail system


October 15, 2017
NorthenEP Gramcounter  
Review: As an Intermerdiate MTB, this was really a fantastic trail. Well indicated, the round trip loop was a hoping 32 KM. Quite flowly, and not too technical (except for some parts).


July 10, 2017
Review: Fun trail a must ride in DFW

Northshore Trail MTB Trail 4.64 out of 5 based on 33 ratings. 33 user reviews.
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